- Oct 25, 2017
my shame is too great to actually buy and put together a frame arms girl kit, but i did like the anime
Yay on being on the community spotlight!
Seconding this. The OP probably makes it seem more intimidating than it really is - I tried to cram in as much as possible, which probably doesn't make for the best introduction. All it really takes to get going is some basic tools (plastic nippers, and maybe a hobby knife/an emery board for sanding but even those aren't 100% necessary) and there's a wide selection of kits out there that don't require gluing or painting. Even those that do have, for me, proven to be much more approachable than I thought they'd be. There's also a lot of really nice guides online. r/gunpla (anime robots) and r/modelmakers (tanks, planes, cars, and a bunch of other stuff) on reddit both have great beginner guides and large communities that are really welcoming to new people coming into the hobby.Yay on being on the community spotlight!
And yes, it seems there have been plastic models of Digimon since 2010 https://hlj.com/digimon-reboot-omegamon-ban965519
To anyone stumbling on this OT, building plastic models is easier and more fun than you may think (specially if you are into anime robots).
Well, I had a blast building today(even if half the build was stickers, no mishaps this time got all of them on!) Here’s the Going Merry from One Piece(Grand Ship Line series). Boy, I cannot stress enough the amount of detail this line has, if I was a painter these would give me a ton to do(and do come with paint color guides) but I’m not, so stickers go over some of those nice details(basically any details you see on the stickers are on the kit themselves, doors with handles, portholes, rivets, etc)
And for point of reference here’s Teach’s ship from last time
Lots of fun, but several stickers took a few tries, used a mix of my big tweezers, and my finger to nudge it. I think I’ll order Law’s yellow submarine(with Ironclad influence next), but I need to whittle down my backlog a little first, especially since no build time next weekend, but the Zeong’s next! Although I also saw there’s a General Franky kit(one piece) and now that I’m far enough in the series that I’ve seen that in action i want it!(well and the Chopper with mech series looks cool too)
Edit: took a look into it, I want that General Franky down the road, difficulty looks somewhere between hg and rg (its 8 inches tall), has plenty stickers, and oh can fully transform into the 2 vehicles that compose it, has tons of accessories on top of looking awesome. Now the Chopper series I may jump on far sooner though, all the vehicles are based off various One Piece stuff, but the awesome part is they all combine into a mech based off Choppers monster form which is really cool(total cost of all 5 equal the cost of Franky’s kit, but adding a 10 kit into a bigger order is happening sooner for me than dropping 50 straight up on a kit)
Well, that's always the spirit, even after dozens of builds: build something you like the looks of.
That's a really nice haul. Reminds me that I might be taking a trip to Hong Kong later this year and I'll also likely end up buying a lot of stuff there.
I'm glad I fell in love with them before I saw the prices lol!
Thanks! Yeah, I'm set for the rest of the year at least.
I approve of hauls. And being HK you're probably going to get away much cheaper than I did :p
Depending on what you are planning, you might want to stock up on some more tools and materials, Scratch building can be relatively easy or difficult depending on what you have to work with.Hmm got a crazy idea for doing a custom kitbashed original Gundam variant design(well and a Gundam that never got a kit I’d love to kitbash/build but that’s more difficult) any tips? Will definitely be doing some painting and parts modifying, haven’t decided on a base kit yet though(have some ideas of course... including some that will require some specific parts)
Well I need to sketch out my original idea, but for my kitbash build of an existing design without a kit I was thinking of trying to make Zeus Gundam from G Gundam(minus horse and chariot of course). I mean this ridiculous and over the top fellowDepending on what you are planning, you might want to stock up on some more tools and materials, Scratch building can be relatively easy or difficult depending on what you have to work with.
1) Pla plate (Styrene sheets). The bread and butter of any scratch build / kitbash. It comes in various thicknesses and textures and can be used to make pretty much anything. Can be found for pretty cheap or even free from things laying around the house. (bread clips, for sale signs, the white plastic in apple packaging, etc)
2) Putty (Epoxy and tube putty) putty is pretty much essential, since you will need to to fill in gaps and seams. Also useful for filling in parts and sculpting more organic shapes.
3) Drill bits and Pin Vices. The most important size to get is a 3mm drill bit. 3mm is the universal peg size for most kits nowdays and having once can prove to be very useful in making modifications.
If I had a idea of what you were planning I can list more specific tips. Here is an old gallery of something I have been working on for the last few months.
Yeah, I'm mostly just trying to avoid that shiny lego brick plastic look. It works for some figures, I probably won't paint Buzz Lightyear at all, but for a Rex it doesn't seem appropriate.
The Double X isn't actually old (2015). It's just that from an engineering point of view it wasn't top of the line when it released. In contrast, the RX-78-2 3.0 is older (2013) but the tech it employs is more modern.
Didn't think it was that new tbh. The tech is way older as you said, waist and hands feels like a early 2000's kit at best.The Double X isn't actually old (2015). It's just that from an engineering point of view it wasn't top of the line when it released. In contrast, the RX-78-2 3.0 is older (2013) but the tech it employs is more modern.
Unless you are talking about the Mobile Suit itself but then even the granddaddy is a granddaddy.
My opinions, YMMV.I’m currently in Hong Kong on vacation and have the opportunity to buy some gunpla for the first time in basically forever. It’s been years since I’ve built any gunpla, so I’d have to buy new supplies and kinda work myself up to more complex kits. For reference, I’ve built an MG Unicorn Ver. Ka, MG Destiny, and MG Strike Noir. Now, the local store here has a pretty great selection, to the point where I’m spoiled for and paralyzed by choice. Could you guys give me some opinions on what I’m looking at for each grade below?
High grade: Moon Gundam (love the look, it’s new and is regarded as surprisingly detailed for an HG)
Master Grade: debating between Hyaku Shiki 2.0 and the Nu Gundam Ver. Ka (which is on sale for ~55USD, which seems good?). I don’t plan on painting anything though, so iono how good the Hyaku Shiki would look.
RG: this is where I’m struggling the most. I feel like a lot of the kits in this line are classic red/white/blue. The HG Moon mentioned above already fits at that slot for me though. I’m considering the Astray Red Frame and Tallgeese, but the Tallgeese is on display and it looks so...insubstantial, I guess? I haven’t built a 1/144 kit in a long time, so maybe that’s just how it looks. I’d love to build the Sinanju and Sazabi eventually, but only after I get more experience.